Fall is in the air and it’s time for more autumn art! Earlier in the week I posted a color change leaf activity. I also promised to add on to the paint splatter project. If you didn’t read how to turn green leaves into red, orange and yellow Jackson Pollock style mini masterpieces, go back and check it out right now. Seriously, now. This how-to starts off where that one leaves (no pun intended – well, maybe it is) off.
After your little artist splatters, splishes and spots her way to a few artful autumn leaves, she’s ready to turn them into a marvelous mobile. Before you get into the art-making, take a beat to stop and talk about the science of mobiles. Explore how gravity and motion come into play when your child makes a piece of kinetic art. Ask her a few open-ended questions such as:
· What do you think will happen to the mobile when the wind blows?
· If you gently push the mobile, what will happen?
· Why do you think the mobile moves?
· Do you think that each side of the mobile will move the same? Why or why not?
· How can we get the mobile to stay in the air?
After your science talk, it’s time or the art part.
Here’s What You’ll Need:
· Your child’s color change paint splatter leaves – make at least four.
· Two sticks or wooden dowels
· A hole punch
Here’s What to Do:
1. Punch a hole at one end of each leaf.
2. Cut a piece if yarn per leaf. Vary the lengths.
3. Thread a piece of yarn through each leaf. Help your child to tie the ends.
4. Make a plus sign with the sticks or dowels.
5. Wrap another piece of yarn around the center of the plus sign. Have your child weave it around the place where the sticks cross in an over-under pattern. Tie the end of the yarn.
6. Tie each leaf to an end of the plus sign.
7. Create a hanger. Tie another piece of yarn to the center of the plus sign, leaving the other end loose.
Hang the mobile! Take it outside and hang it from a tree branch to watch it sway in the wind. If the weather gets wet, bring the movable art inside. The tempera on the leaves will run in the rain. Your child can explore and experiment with movement indoors by blowing the fall leaf mobile with her breath or pushing it around with her hands.
Are you looking for more science and art activities? Follow my Pinterest board for ideas!